FDR Warned Us About Steve Daines

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As we studied rhetoric this week, a student shared this clip from a Franklin Roosevelt speech in 1936.

 

From the web page of Congressman Steve Daines:

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Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

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Even today, no one comes close to FDR’s mastery of that art form. That clip’s among my favorites, right up there with his defense of his little dog, Fala, and his send up of the GOP trio of Martin, Barton, and Fish.

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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

James, I don’t know how old you are, but I’ll be sixty-two here shortly. And I can truthfully say that this IS no country for old men! I feel like I’m walking around on Mars.

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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Jumpin’ Jesus CHRIST! You see, that is our current problem. We USED to produce people like FDR. But we no longer do……..now, we get pat wms.!, who runs at the first sight of smoke from the muskets!

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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

p.s. Can’t we all just get along? Can’t we all just be civil? Can’t we all just be nice?
Can’t we all just be like pat wms.?

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lizard19

you’re fighting a losing battle, Larry. MT Democrats have circled the wagons around Pat because, of the few things they are willing to fight for, Pat’s confirmation is one of them.

too bad MT Democrats couldn’t put any effort into fighting for their legislative priorities, which Ochenski points out in his column this week.

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

I know that Lizard, but fight I must. And I know that you’re a poet, so a little something for you: Beatrice understood quite well, that IF you hang around guys like wms., you just might catch a case of the Williams! Looks as if they have! And that’s real sad. “O Lord, he will hang upon him like a disease! He is sooner caught than the pestilence, and the taker runs presently mad. God help the noble Claudio! If he have caught the Benedick, it will cost him a thousand pound ere a be cured.” GO nails it as… Read more »

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lizard – Ochenski doesn’t even try to argue that Democrats fighting could have made a lick of difference – he wants them to fight because, it sells more papers?. They would have inevitably gone down as ever, on a straight party line vote. As is, they apparently decided that they had a better chance of getting what they wanted in closed door deals than battling it out on the floor. As Mr. Tokarski would note, wrangling and voting on the floor are really theater – the outcome is known beforehand, and in this case they decided to improve their own… Read more »

lizard19
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lizard19

Ochenski just wants to sell more papers. yeah, that must be it.

The Polish Wolf
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The Polish Wolf

I wasn’t actually suggesting that to be the primary reason, but as long as we subscribe to the belief that money sets agendas, wouldn’t that make all the sense in the world? I mean, the man works for a newspaper, his fortunes are thus intimately tied to the selling of newspapers, and here the Democrats are taking away the big newspaper headlines (“Deadlocked vote! No budget! Special session!) and all the political analysis columns that come with them. I don’t actually think that’s it, but if I were Mark or you I feel I’d have to, since it all comes… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Wow! THAT one made my BRAIN hurt, Pee Wee Wolf! But hey, after a few choruses of Kumbaya, maybe we could all just be civil! Yep, that’s it! We’ve tried “quixotic”, and that didn’t work. Can’t we all just get along? I mean, real debate is SO annoying and distressing! It kinda ruins all the fun of the Lege! Best to simply appease, OOPS!, I mean compromise with the corporate fascists. That way, no one’s feelers get hurt! Yes, that is the way of the errant knight! It’s simply crazy to fight back! Hopeless really. QUIXOTIC! (I see your point…..NOT!)

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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Dee PLANE! Dee PLANE! bwhahahahahahahahahahahaaaa! Sorry to laff, but the Dems really HAVE become like the little midget on the old TV show Fantasy Island. You see, every time that little dude saw the plane coming, he would jump up and down excitedly yelling, Dee Plane! Dee Plane! The Dems have become little midgets JUMPING up and down every time they see the big bad Pubbies coming, yelling Dee FAULT! Dee FAULT! You see, it’s easier to default than to actually make a fuss about things that really MATTER to the folks who sent you there! And that really sucks!… Read more »

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petetalbot

I find it interesting that George Ochenski’s piece followed on the heels of the Lee Enterprises’ Mike Dennison column chastising the minority Democrats for not rolling over in committee meetings.

http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/montana-legislature/mike-dennison-democrats-remember-the-stones-you-can-t-always/article_3fb09a06-8eb6-11e2-b8f9-001a4bcf887a.html

I’m guessing that legislative reality lies somewhere between George’s and Mike’s opinions.

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I love that it seems like th#&ey8217;ve thought of it all and that it’s so easy to use. Plus the extra storage is super nice to have! The ingenuity swings look great too – I like that both have open tops so it’s easy to get the baby in and out.

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